Personally, I feel that many think being a blogger allows you to sit behind a computer and not interact with other living and breathing bloggers in real life, but there are so many benefits that you are missing out on! So why is BloggyCon perfect for new bloggers? Well, personally I believe it is great to learn and connect with bloggers on all experience levels but specifically this is a great first conference for new bloggers.
Located in Sanddusky, Ohio at the Cedar Point resort BloggyCon brings together a community of bloggers ranging from lifestyle, food, parenting, to even agriculture, and more. However, just because I am a lifestyle blogger doesn’t mean I cannot connect and learn from other genres of bloggers. No matter what type of blog you have the rules of SEO, social media, and more all still apply to everyone so we can still meet in the middle.
Small Scale, Large Impact
A conference does not have to be thousands of people to make an impact. The individuals I gave out my business card too were truly invested in what I had to say and literally five minutes later were following me on social media.
At larger conferences while you may exchange more business cards, the number of impactful connections and relationships can be less or the same amount as a smaller conference. With so many people to meet and talk with, faces and names can be more difficult to remember as everyone is overwhelmed with information. Sure, they have your business cards but will they remember you? You have to have more of an impact to stand out from the rest, something that ties you to your business cards. Which is why many recommend putting your picture on your business card to refresh an individual’s memory (something I will do in the future).
To be honest, I was frantic before going to my first conference. What should I bring, what will the weather be like, are computers allowed, etc. ran through my mind once I booked the trip. Reading a lot of articles about what to take to conferences I knew my first order of business was creating business cards. I ordered mine from Moo.com with a code but they are on the expensive side; however, their quality is truly worth every penny.
The conference sent out an email about a week before the conference talking about what you should bring. By that time, it is too late to get business cards so always know to have business cards on hand. In this email they provided the agenda, app information, maps, along with things to bring and some tips. Since the conference is literally right on Lake Erie it is a lot cooler by the lake; however, inside the park the rides tend to block the wind making it feel more like summer meaning, bring fall and summer clothing.
The email also talked about bringing an umbrella for rainstorms as well as a notepad or computer for note taking. They are preparing you for success at this conference and putting your mind at ease.
Going to this conference my biggest fear was being a loner, what if I didn’t know anyone, what if they didn’t want to talk to me were my constant worries (Yes, I know I worry too much). Since I am still in college Friday night I mainly spent my time doing homework since I was losing a whole weekend of studying so it needed to be fit in
Saturday morning, I entered the convention center and chose a table towards the front and immediately two women began talking to me and asking about my blog and life in general. Everyone there was excited to interact with each other and learn about each other’s stories, which was incredibly inspiring to me.
Simply by putting yourself out there and engaging with other bloggers I now see them on my social media and know the person behind the photo. To have spent time, talking and getting to know them beyond just their blog was probably one of the best parts.
BloggyCon really hit it on the nose with phenomenal speakers in various breakout sessions making the atmosphere more intimate. The speakers were incredibly transparent about themselves and their topics allowing for question and answer at the end or to just approach them during the conference for any unanswered questions. They made themselves available to us in a way where they were just like us attending the conference, always trying to learn and help other fellow bloggers. Because it is about blog karma, if you genuinely help others then the favor will be returned in the future. At this conference, bloggers in my opinion don’t look at each other as competition, instead they look to learn and help each other, which is why I feel it is perfect for new bloggers.
As a newer blogger I worried that I might not compare to others since I have a smaller following and less experience, but that did not cross my mind once from the moment it began. Everyone is constantly learning as Google makes changes, algorithms for social media change, and more. BloggyCon is a community, a place to connect and grow with a large variety of bloggers. Even if the conference had been four days long I still don’t know if I would’ve met everyone, but I sure would have liked to. I now have the confidence for future conferences but I am so glad I started with BloggyCon.